After a while, it all starts to feel like a showreel for the film’s special-effects team than an honest effort to tell a story.
Most affecting in its depiction of friendship, and the performances represent platonic male intimacy in convincing, often moving ways.
A once-precious franchise’s weakest installment, which forgets these adventures’ magic was never conjured by bells and whistles.
A top-shelf presentation of one of last year’s baggiest, most unnecessary films.
Throughout, Peter Jackson’s majestic longshots and extreme close-ups will make you swoon.
The film’s greatest strength is how Peter Jackson brings to life the haunting conflict between Gollum and Smeagol.
Peter Jackson emphasizes the territorial nature of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by fascinatingly playing with lines of division.